Scott Walker, from Dunfermline, could face up to two years in prison
A British man has ended up behind bars after being found in a street in Dunfermline, Scotland, with an offensive weapon, namely a potato peeler.
Scott Walker, 39, of the James Bank Hostel, James Street, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.He admitted that on Saturday 28th April in Appin Crescent, a public place, he was in possession of an object that which had a blade or was sharply pointed.
Citizens of the United Kingdom are bound by the Offensive Weapons Act of 1996, whereby it is illegal to carry ‘offensive weapons’, defined as “articles which have a blade or are sharply pointed”, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. Apparently, this includes the humble potato peeler.
Such draconian measures will seem absurd to most Americans, whose right to bear arms is enshrined in their Bill of Rights. For British citizens, handguns are completely illegal, whereas rifles and shotguns can only be legally owned with a special permit.
However, the UK’s strict weapon laws do not seem to have had any kind of positive effect on violent crime, which recently rose to its highest levels since 2011.
The subject of knife crime in London has recently been the subject of intense political debate, with President Trump speaking on up the topic at an NRA speech this weekend, ahead of his planned visit to the UK in July.
Whatever your views on the second amendment, and the right to self-defense, most would agree that arresting a person for the possession of a potato peeler is pretty ridiculous.
Speaking in defense of Mr Walker, solicitor Selina McKay told the court that her client “suffers from significant learning difficulties which have been lifelong”.
Mr Walker will return to court on May 16 for sentencing. According to the aforementioned act, he could face imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or a fine, or both.
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